Southport men named Merseyside guns conspiracy

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Eleven men who were part of a conspiracy to supply “deadly weapons” to Merseyside criminals face lengthy jail sentences.

The men, who range in age from 20 to 67, were arrested last year after police seized a sub-machine gun from a car in Tarbock Green on July 9.

Liverpool Crown Court heard today that Glynn Incledon, 62, of Southport Road in Scarisbrick, John Edwards, 49, of Railway Road in Southport Joseph Seiga, 67, of Greensbridge Lane in Halewood, and, were the “supply team” in the conspiracy.

Southport man John Edwards was described by the prosecution as the “armourer” in the network.

Frank Dillon, defending Edwards, said his client had developed an “unhealthy obsession” with firearms.

He denied Edwards was an armourer but said he was “an acquirer, a go to guy, the man who can, Mr Fix It”.

Dan Travers, prosecuting, outlined a number of phone calls, text messages and meetings in June last year between the conspiracy’s “lynchpin” Philip Jameson, 30, of Thomas Drive in Prescot, and “customers” Stephen Price, 20, of Hylton Road, Garston, Paul Gamble, 25, of Beetham Tower, Liverpool, Damian Gordon, 32, of Staverdale Road in Moreton and Samuel Binsteed, 23, of Halstead Road in Orrell Park.

The court heard Gordon and Gamble were attempting to acquire a gun for Gary Docherty 27, of Blackfriars Road in Salford.

Some of the contact was facilitated by David Sumner, 32, of Fern Hill in New Brighton.

Mr Travers said on July 9 Steven Greenwood, 51, of Russell Road in Southport, described as a “courier” was on his way to deliver a sub-machine gun to Seiga’s home when he was arrested.

The Polish-made fully automatic machine pistol was discovered along with 49 bullets and a silencer when the car was stopped in Tarbock Green.

Judge Stephen Everett described the gun as “the most deadly weapon” and said it could fire about 600 rounds per minute.

Mr Travers said the gun had been intended for Price.

Price, who also admitted offences for the supply of cocaine and cannabis, was described in a pre-sentence report as having a “desire to move up the criminal ladder that overrides his ability to think logically”.

The court heard Seiga and Sumner had both been charged with production of cannabis after plants were found at their homes by police.

Sarah Phelan, defending Seiga, said he had been growing the plants for his own use, to cope with arthritis.

She said: “He is deeply ashamed that at the age of 67, the oldest defendant in the dock, he finds himself in such a serious situation.”

She added: “He is very fearful he will die in custody.”

Price’s twin brother David, of Hylton Road, Garston, pleaded guilty to possession of cannabis with intent to supply but his sentencing was adjourned to March.

The 11 defendants are expected to be sentenced this coming Monday.

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